Before the trip to the Czech Republic, each of them faces one of the most important questions: "What is the currency in the Czech Republic?". And for good reason this question is so troubling to many. Although the Czech Republic is included in the European Union, the country is not included in the euro area and therefore the currency of the Czech Republic is not the euro, which can be bought at any bank in its homeland.
Based on the above, tourists have a few more questions: "What currency to take to the Czech Republic / Prague?", "Where in the Czech Republic / Prague you can exchange currency? and, "How much money should I take with me to the Czech Republic (Prague and other cities of the country)?".
In this article we will answer in order to all the above questions and give some practical tips!
Czech currency! What currency to take to the Czech Republic?
The official currency and monetary unit of the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna / Koruna ceska (CZK, Kč). In the back of the bill in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 kroons, coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.
Paying in the Czech Republic is most advantageous in Czech crowns, although in almost all tourist places, for example, in the center of Prague, Karlovy Vary and other cities, the Euro is also accepted for payment. But at once we make a reservation, to pay the Euro in the Czech Republic is EXTREMELY EXTREMELY. Paying in euros, you overpay, sometimes several times, for example: the entrance to the public toilet at the station costs 10 kroons or 50 eurocents, and in the city center 10 kroons or 1 Euro. The difference is palpable. Or another example, the classic Czech delicacy trdlo in crowns costs 60 Kč, in euros – 2.5 €.
So, it’s better to take the Czech crowns to the Czech Republic. But since in our country they are practically not found, although in banks of some cities, for example, in Krasnodar, we saw that under the order you can buy crowns, but this is more the exception than the rule, and the course may be unprofitable, then carry it with you to the Czech Republic / Prague is better than euro or dollars. We recommend the euro, the exchange in the Czech Republic will be more profitable.
In the country, both cash and bank cards are accepted for payment, with the exception of some street tents and small shops. Cards are better to have euro or dollar, so there is less loss on conversion.
Currency exchange in the Czech Republic / Prague
In the Czech banks and exchange offices, both Euro and American dollars, Russian rubles, and other currencies – the yuan, Australian and Canadian dollars, Polish zloty, etc. – are accepted for exchange.
We do not recommend to exchange Russian rubles for crowns in the Czech Republic as well as buying crowns in advance in Russia, the exchange rate is unprofitable. As mentioned earlier, it is better to buy euros in your homeland and exchange them in the Czech Republic for local crowns. For example, with us, for 100 Russian rubles only 12.5 CZK was given, whereas for 1 euro in a good exchanger 26.95 kroner (that day the official exchange rate of the euro to the ruble was 74.49).
It is most profitable to exchange euros for Czech crowns in exchange offices, such as those in the city, are met at every turn. Most exchangers do not take commissions, look for those with the inscription 0% commission.
For personal peace of mind and safety, before exchanging, we recommend that you follow some simple rules:
1. First of all, without haste and fuss, calculate for yourself what amount of CZK after the exchange you should get in your hands.
2. Ask the employee of the exchange office: “How many crowns will I receive for my 100 Euros?”, He should calculate and show you the amount on the calculator.
3. If the amount shown by the cashier coincides with the exchange rate on the sign in the exchanger and it suits you, feel free to exchange currency.
4. Without departing from the window of the exchange office, even though the queue has already gathered for you, carefully count the amount received from the cashier and only after you make sure that it is correct, leave.
Exchangers are easily recognizable by CHANGE signs.
The exchange rate in exchange offices in the center of tourist cities is unprofitable. It is best to retire a couple of blocks from the city center and look there. For example, in the historical center of Prague, we met exchangers, in which the rate was simply extortionate – 16 CZK for 1 euro.
We found the most profitable exchanger in Prague within walking distance of the old town, on Jindřišská Street, a landmark street. Wenceslas Square, behind the Albert supermarket, on the same side, then we pass the flower shop, the restaurant Nagrilu and on the first floor of the house there will be such an exchange office with a red sign
In banks, currency is also exchanged, but they always take a commission, which is quite impressive, sometimes reaching up to 150 kroons, regardless of the amount of exchange. Therefore, we did not trade in banks and do not recommend.
We also do not recommend currency exchange at money-changers on the street, although they can offer a seductive course, but they can easily deceive, for example, by failing to exchange currencies or, instead of CZK, slip another cheaper, but cron-like currency.
Exchange better small amounts. Of course, the amount depends on the needs, but it is desirable to count so that by the end of the holiday there are no crowns left in your pocket. At home, what to do with them? If the krona still remains in the same exchange offices, they can be exchanged back into euros, dollars or any other currency.
Where is it more profitable to exchange currency in Prague or other cities of the Czech Republic?
There is not much difference. But in Prague there are more exchangers, which means you can find a more favorable rate.
For example, if we compare our exchanger (the one we found) in Prague and the exchangers in Karlovy Vary, then in Prague the exchange rate from euro to Czech krona was more profitable by almost 4.5 rubles from each euro.
Attention! All calculations are approximate. Exchange rates are constantly changing – the situation may change at any time, so we recommend checking currency rates just before the trip.
How much money to take to the Czech Republic / Prague and other cities of the country?
The question is complex, it all depends on the appetites of everyone. Prices in the cities of the Czech Republic are certainly not as high as in neighboring Germany or Austria, but higher than in Poland.
In Prague, a great dinner for two with beer will cost about 700-1500 kroons. Coffee and pastries about 150-200 CZK for two. Soups from 50 to 80 crowns per serving. Beer from 30 to 65 CZK per glass 0.5 liters. Shin in a restaurant weighing 1300-1500 grams – 300-450 crowns. Street food – 50 CZK per 100 grams of side dish and from 90 CZK per 100 grams of knuckle. Sausages in a bun or with bread – 70 kroons. Trdo classic – 60 CZK. Ice cream – 30 CZK per ball. Shopping at the supermarket for breakfast: two eco yoghurt, apples, bananas, drinking water, cookies – 100-150 kroons.
Eating in a restaurant in the tourist center of the city is more expensive than if you move a couple of blocks away. Also things with beer, coffee and other dishes.
If the hotel and tickets are paid in advance, then for two, without shopping, 60-80 Euro per day is enough. But once again, in this matter everything is very individual, it is better to proceed from personal needs. The remaining money can always bring home.
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